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Former Bears All-Pro Charles Tillman inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

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Former Bears All-Pro Charles Tillman inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Former Bears and Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns cornerback Charles Tillman has seen his college career immortalized by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Tillman and his fellow inductees will be a part of The LSHOF Class of 2020 Induction Celebration, which will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The celebration will include multiple receptions, a bowling party and a Friday night riverbank concert. Tickets for the Induction Dinner and Ceremony, along with congratulatory advertising and sponsorship opportunities, will be available early in 2020 through the LaSportsHall.com website.

Tillman played three seasons for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, leading Independent schools in interceptions with six in 2000. Over his three seasons and 34 games with ULL, 'Peanut' collected 12 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. He put enough on tape to convince the Bears to take him with a second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

The LSHOF has a strong NFL influence, as 'Peanut' will be joining Peyton Manning, who was inducted in 2019. Tillman will also be joining fellow 2020 inductees Nick Saban, who is getting in for his accomplishments with LSU and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn. 

Following his career with ULL, Tillman went on to become a two-time Pro Bowler, Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner and a three-time Brian Piccolo Award winner with the Bears. Tillman's multiple Piccolo award wins are perhaps the most impressive, as the award is given to the Bears player that best exemplifies teamwork, loyalty, and courage, and these are the same values that helped land 'Peanut' into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. 

The 2020 class will be enshrined into the Hall on June 27, 2020, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Bears add interior line depth, agree to terms with former Ravens and Titans DL Brent Urban

Monday afternoon, CAA Football announced that the Bears and DL Brent Urban have agreed to terms on a contract:

Urban, 28, was a fourth round selection of the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft and spent the first five years of his career in Baltimore, starting 16 games for the team in 2018. At 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, Urban profiles as a wide-framed, run-stuffing interior lineman, but is probably no more than a depth signing at this point. The Bears front seven was shredded by Latavius Murray on Sunday to the tune of 119 yards on 27 carries, and Akiem Hicks is still expected to miss at least another seven weeks with an elbow injury.

In 45 career games, Urban has 52 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss, as well as five passes defended. He appeared in four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2019 (only playing on 16% of their defensive snaps) before being released on Saturday.

The Bears will have a chance to right the ship against a bumbling Chargers team this Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Matt Nagy on critics: says “friends” won’t pull Bears down, but Bears having trouble putting on “horse blinders and earmuffs”

Matt Nagy on critics: says “friends” won’t pull Bears down, but Bears having trouble putting on “horse blinders and earmuffs”

Sifting through the rubble that was the Bears’ 36-25 pounding by the New Orleans Saints… 

Matt Nagy said Sunday night with some forcefulness that his advice to his players was to don “horse blinders and earmuffs,” his way of saying to tune out all outside forces when things turn difficult. Neither he nor his players seem able to do that very well.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson got into a Twitter spat after the game with a follower who gigged the wide receiver for talking trash with his team trailing by 20 points. Tarik Cohen did a Twitter-scoff over Saint players poking fun at the running back’s short stature.

And then there was Nagy himself, who ended his post-game press conference by starting off the podium before glaring at this writer, who had shaken his head (privately, to myself, back a few rows from Nagy’s lectern) a couple times while taking notes on some of Nagy’s more puzzling utterances.

Nagy angrily asked, “You all right?! You all right?!” or something like that. He really wasn’t asking about my health or well-being.

The head coach of an NFL team taking umbrage at a couple of small head-shakes, with no idea what any issue might have been, doesn't set an impressive example.

Nagy’s message Monday was head-scratching. “You [media] guys are friends,” he said. “I look at you all as friends. I don't see you as critics.”

Then, in the next breath, a different tack with his “friends:” “First of all, you will never pull me down,” Nagy said. “That's No. 1. Never. You won't do it. Second of all, you'll never pull our team down. It doesn't matter what we're going through. It'll never happen. Not under my watch. That's just not how we roll.”

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